Is the second born of all airlines grownup enough to be the envy of the younger ones? Avianca Airlines will be a century old in 2019 and is the second oldest of all world airlines after KLM. It is Columbia’s flag carrier and the second largest in Latin America.
Avianca Airlines was conceived in December of 1919. It was founded by a group of Columbia and German nationals and first operated under the name SCADTA and under the leadership of Colombians Ernesto Cortissoz who was president. The airline began its operations by transporting mail but, expanded rapidly and was already servicing international flights by the 1920s. In mid-1940, the airline merged with SACO which was then Columbian’s national carrier. The resulting company was named Avianca Airlines and still is to date. The airline’s holding company is called Avianca Airlines Holdings.
Avianca Airlines has a total of 163 airplanes in its fleet. Of all these, only five are Boeings. The majority are 57 Airbus A320-200s and 34 Airbus A319-100. Apart from Airbus planes, the fleet also consists of ATR 72-600s, ATR 42s, Cessna208s and Embraer 190s. The airline has an astonishing order of 133 Airbus A320neo and 10 350-900s for which delivery will begin in 2018. Notable facts about the airline’s fleet is that it is the only other apart from British Airways which operates every variant of the Airbus A320 family.
Avianca Airlines services 87 destinations in 22 countries. Its top destinations or focus cities are Cali, Medellin, Cartagena, Miami, Quito, Barranquilla and San Jose. The airline has its hubs at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, at MonseñorÓscarArnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvadoand El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá.
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Avianca has a two-class cabin configuration on jet airplanes one class on all non-jet airplanes. Its products are namely business class and economy class. Some extras for business class passengers are preferential treatment, priority boarding and access to their airline’s lounges.
Avianca has personal entertainment across all its class products. Passengers will get access to the latest movies, 400 video games and music. Business class passengers will get noise cancellation headphones to enhance their experience. Important to note too is that the screens have a remote control which you will find next to your seat.
The baggage allowance differs with the class ticket you purchased. First class passengers will be allowed two check-in bags which should not exceed 32 kg. Just like other airlines, the baggage limit for passengers in economy is 23 kg.